Research 360

Read the latest blog posts on ACA's strategic focus in research.

Campers doing an experiment
August 13, 2018

It’s the end of the camp season, which means you are likely looking ahead at a mountain of loose ends while at the same time looking back and seeing a long list of things you wish you had done, or wish you had done differently. This is part of... Read More

July 16, 2018

I used to be a camp director, which means that, like many of you, my summers were spent in the whirl of camp. Each day flew into the next, and never did a day pass without a crisis (or 30). After ten weeks, I was left with a pile of mismatched... Read More

July 3, 2018

Hello camp evaluators! Welcome to Part 3 of my series on measuring enrollment. When I started this series, I believe I had in mind that it would be a single blog, but that blog extended into two and here we are at Part 3. The fact that this... Read More

June 19, 2018

To truly understand if you are serving campers in the ways you hope, you need to look at enrollment from several different angles.

June 5, 2018

Enrollment represents the number of campers we serve — but, as straightforward as that sounds, it’s not. 

May 22, 2018

Before I get started, I have a confession: I lied. I said in the title that in this post I was going to introduce you to a new friend, but that’s not entirely true. The Camp Program Quality Staff Checklist is not in fact new: it’s been available... Read More

May 8, 2018

This blog is about a special double issue of the Journal of Youth Development focused entirely on camp research.

April 23, 2018

Young people are diverse and dynamic, and they have myriad pathways to success. Unfortunately, youth development research often highlights watered-down averages of sample sets that offer limited insight and inspiration, in part because they don’t... Read More

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